Learn how to make your own faux stained glass at home using easy-to-find materials!


  • A sheet of plexiglass or glass (such as from an old picture frame)
  • Paintbrush
  • Black acrylic paint (for leading lines)
  • Bottle of white liquid glue (for leading lines)
  • Assorted colors of acrylic paint (for stained glass effect)
  • Clear liquid glue (for stained glass effect)
  • Bowl or plate for mixing
  • Cup of water for the paintbrush
  • Paper towels
  • Covering for table
  • Black permanent marker (optional)

Creating the Leading Lines

  • 1
    Obtain a piece of glass or plexiglass.
  • 2
    Choose a design. You can draw something yourself or print out a coloring sheet that you can follow. Place your outline under the glass.
  • 3
    Create the “leading lines.” Pour black acrylic paint into a liquid school glue bottle (such as Elmer’s). Close the cap and mix the paint into the glue by shaking the bottle. It helps if the bottle is not filled to the top with glue so you have room to add the paint.
  • 4
    Squirt the glue onto the glass, following the outline underneath.
  • 5
    Allow the glue/paint mixture to dry for 24 hours.

Painting the Stained Glass

  • 1
    Prepare your art surface by laying something like old newspaper over the table to keep it clean.
  • 2
    Pick a color of acrylic paint. Mix it with the clear liquid glue on a disposable plate or bowl. Add more paint to the mixture for less transparency or more glue for more transparency.
  • 3
    Use this mixture to begin coloring in the glass (on the side with the raised outline)
  • 4
    Keep mixing paint and glue and then painting until the whole glass is painted the way you want it.
  • 5
    Allow to dry.
  • 6
    If you accidentally painted over some of the “leading lines,” you can use a black permanent marker to color over the paint and restore the outline.
  • 7
    Display your masterpiece in a window!